West Hampstead Thameslink railway station

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West Hampstead Thameslink National Rail
West Hampstead Thameslink Station building.jpg
New station building which opened in November 2011
West Hampstead Thameslink is located in Greater London
West Hampstead Thameslink
West Hampstead Thameslink
Location of West Hampstead Thameslink in Greater London
LocationWest Hampstead
Local authorityLondon Borough of Camden
Managed byThameslink
Station codeWHP
DfT categoryE
Number of platforms4
Fare zone2
OSIWest Hampstead London Underground
West Hampstead London Overground[1]
National Rail annual entry and exit
2013–14Increase 3.289 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.678 million[2]
2014–15Increase 3.591 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.769 million[2]
2015–16Increase 3.710 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.972 million[2]
2016–17Decrease 3.690 million[2]
– interchange Increase 0.997 million[2]
2017–18Increase 3.847 million[2]
– interchange Increase 1.091 million[2]
Railway companies
Original companyMidland Railway
Pre-groupingMidland Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
1 March 1871Opened as West End for Kilburn and Hampstead
1 July 1903Renamed West End
1 April 1904Renamed West End and Brondesbury
1 September 1905Renamed West Hampstead
25 September 1950Renamed West Hampstead Midland
16 May 1988Renamed West Hampstead Thameslink
Other information
External links
WGS8451°32′54″N 0°11′35″W / 51.5484°N 0.1930°W / 51.5484; -0.1930Coordinates: 51°32′54″N 0°11′35″W / 51.5484°N 0.1930°W / 51.5484; -0.1930
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West Hampstead Thameslink is a National Rail station on the Midland Main Line and is served by Thameslink trains as part of the Thameslink route between Kentish Town and Cricklewood. The station is in Travelcard Zone 2.


The station was built by the Midland Railway on its extension to St. Pancras, to serve the newly developed area around the hamlet of West End. It opened on 1 March 1871, and was originally named West End for Kilburn and Hampstead.[3]

For a short period from 1878 the station formed part of the Super Outer Circle, Midland trains running through from St Pancras to Earl's Court via Acton Central and Turnham Green.[4]

It was renamed several times: to West End on 1 July 1903; to West End and Brondesbury on 1 April 1904; to West Hampstead on 1 September 1905; West Hampstead Midland on 25 September 1950; and finally West Hampstead Thameslink on 16 May 1988.[3] It was popular for many years for people taking a day out on Hampstead Heath and those visiting the chalybeate springs in Hampstead itself.[5]

Oyster Pay as you go was introduced in late 2007.

From March 2009, Southeastern and Thameslink began running some peak hour trains from Sevenoaks to Luton,[6] though in the off-peak these services turn back at Kentish Town.

Stations in West Hampstead
London Overground London Overground station
National Rail Thameslink station
West Hampstead
Jubilee Line LU Jubilee line station
Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line Finchley Road
OSI: London Overground
Finchley Road
(MR) (1868–1927)
London Overground Finchley Road & Frognal
OSI: Jubilee LineMetropolitan Line

Proposed developments[edit]

West Hampstead station linkage[edit]

The present arrangement of three separate stations (Thameslink, Overground and Jubilee line) means that passengers wishing to change lines must walk along or cross West End Lane, a busy main road. A redevelopment proposal was put forward in 2004 by Chiltern Railways which would link the three West Hampstead stations with subterranean walkways. New platforms would be built for the Chiltern Main Line, and possibly also for the Metropolitan line, and the Thameslink and London Overground (formerly Silverlink) stations would be relocated on the east side of West End Lane;[7] the redevelopment would involve demolishing existing buildings and the redevelopment of West End Lane as "a tree-lined boulevard".[8][9] The plans were put on hold in 2007 due to uncertainty over the North London Line rail franchise.[10]

Additional Thameslink services[edit]

Additional trains from destinations across the larger Thameslink network may call at the station from 2018.[11]


London Buses routes 139, 328 and C11 serve the station.


As its name suggest, West Hampstead Thameslink is on the Thameslink route, operated by Thameslink; the station is served at all times of the day with an hourly service at night between Bedford and Three Bridges. Off peak, there are eight trains per hour in each direction; four running between Luton and Rainham, eight running between St. Albans City and Sutton, and four running between Bedford and Brighton. During peak hours some Orpington and Gillingham trains also serve the station.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
St Albans City   Thameslink
Midland Main Line
  St Pancras
or Terminus
  Kentish Town
  Historical railways  
Cricklewood   Midland Railway
Dudding Hill Line
  Finchley Road


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  4. ^ "Circle Line". Clive's UndergrounD Line Guides. Retrieved 30 December 2009.
  5. ^ Radford, B., (1983) Midland Line Memories: a Pictorial History of the Midland Railway Main Line Between London (St Pancras) & Derby London: Bloomsbury Books
  6. ^ Train Times - Thameslink Route (PDF). First Capital Connect. March–May 2009. p. 52. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 April 2009. Retrieved 16 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Planning Framework for West Hampstead Interchange Area Appendix 2". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. p. 25. Archived from the original on 11 June 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  8. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange". AlwaysTouchOut.com. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  9. ^ "West Hampstead Interchange Draft Planning Framework". London Borough of Camden. 19 April 2005. Archived from the original on 24 October 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Station interchange plans put on hold". Camden New Journal. 15 March 2007. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  11. ^ "Thameslink Programme: FAQs". Archived from the original on 9 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008.